Sunday 10/20/13 - Day Five

This morning, the four of us walked to the Lutheran Church which was about ten minutes away from the hotel.  Miles and Elma greeted a lot of people they knew on the way.  It seems like where ever we go, (Gualan, Zacapa, Guatemala City and Antigua) they know someone.  Miles and Elma are very well known in the area and are highly respected.

At church, we were greeted by people whom we had met over the last several days.  The service was a traditional Lutheran service spoken in Spanish. I was able to follow along with the liturgy but had help from the lady in front of me to find the right song pages.  There was a group of volunteers from Michigan who had a translator.  When Pastor Luis was giving the sermon, he would pause and let the translator tell us what Pastor Luis said in English.  The English translation made it easy on Cris and myself.  After church service, we said our goodbyes to Pastor and his family, the church council members and other members of the congregation.  What friendly people.

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On the walk back to the hotel, I was able to experience someone following in the footsteps of Jesus.  As we were leaving the church, a lady and her two kids were following us down the street.  I turned around to see the lady talking to MIles.  Elma noticed what was going on.  The lady was asking for monetary help to fill a prescription at the pharmacy.  Elma took charge immediately and marched all of us to the closest pharmacy.  She and the lady took the prescription into the pharmacist and had it filled.  Elma had no idea of how much it was going to cost.  The lady had a few Quetzals which she was willing to use for the prescription.  Without question, Elma told the lady that she would pay for the medicine.  It was a salve for treatment for her daughter’s sores.  The lady was very gracious.  The salve cost 12 Quetzals ($1.25).  Many of these people have so little.  What an example to follow.

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After we checked out of the hotel, we headed to Antiqua.  It was about a four hour drive.  As the elevation increased, it became cooler much to my relief.  You know when you are in Antiqua because of all of the cobblestone streets. We drove to Miles and Elma’s apartment where we will stay for the next three nights.  Elma and I walked to the grocery store to buy sandwich fixings.  Elma said I could only go along if I did not sight see.  She walks like a New Yorker and I kept having to tell her to put on the breaks.

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At the apartment, we had a simple sandwich dinner with chips.  We relaxed the rest of the evening.  Looking forward to tomorrow where we will get to see the stove manufacturer in north Antiqua.  We might even have some time for sightseeing.

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